Remember that 1960s Batman episode when the evil villian threatens to destroy Gotham City with the solar magnifying ray? Do you remember??? Probably not since I just made it up - but it sure felt like the evil villian was testing a huge solar magnifying lens just east of Des Moines this afternoon in a very successful effort to bake everyone in the area. Thankfully there was just enough wind to wick away the horrible heat to allow some semblance of relentless forward motion to take place. So we are through Des Moines now using the southeast miles of the Raccoon River Valley Trail and a number of miles of Des Moines bike paths which thankfully were tree lined for a number of miles providing a fair amount of shade to trail users. More rural Iowa awaits!
The song of the day was Wall of Voodoo's 1980 hit/remake of Ring of Fire. "And it burns, burns, burns, the ring of fire, the ring of fire". Listen to the song on Youtube if desired!
Adel to Runnels, IA 43.16 miles